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  • It is a place I know quite well, and a town I think is rather unjustly neglected by the tourist guides
  • It is only fair to point out up here, however, that it does not boast an enormous number of places to go when the weather is inclement, so I would not really recommend it as a winter destination or somewhere to go when it's raining, at least not unless you're reasonably hardy
  • The pedestrianised area just to the town side of this is where you will find Evesham's small but interesting collection of gift shops, independent cafés and so on
  • Unfortunately the section close to the town bridge is slightly blighted by rather boring 20th-century housing, and so what could have been an eye-catching vista is reduced to frank tedium
  • I don't think Evesham is the sort of town that most people are going to visit for a full week's holiday, although it would make a good base for exploring Worcestershire and the Cotswolds in general

    • by fredhound
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      Evesham is a market town in south eastern Worcestershire in the Midlands of England. It is a place I know quite well, and a town I think is rather unjustly neglected by the tourist guides. This is no doubt because it lies on the northern edge of the Cotswold Hills, and the Cotswold region is of course very well known for its picture postcard villages with their houses of golden brick. And indeed those are very nice… but it is a shame to ignore Evesham itself completely.

      In fact, Evesham is the largest town in this largely rural part of Worcestershire, and so despite having a population of under 20,000 it can offer a wider range of shops, cafés and other attractions than most places of a similar size. It is only fair to point out up here, however, that it does not boast an enormous number of places to go when the weather is inclement, so I would not really recommend it as a winter destination or somewhere to go when it’s raining, at least not unless you’re reasonably hardy!

      Evesham caters fairly well for the traveller from afar. It has quite a large number of car parks, although many are quite small and can require careful manoeuvring. You should also note that some car


      parks are intended for shoppers and other short stay visitors and so will not let you park for more than three hours. In those car parks that do allow long stay parking - Old Brewery and Bewdley Street are the largest - prices seem fairly reasonable at £4.00 per day.

      If, as is the case with me, you are often reliant on public transport then things are a little more convoluted, though still not too bad. The central bus station is being redeveloped for the first few months of 2010, so you would be well advised to check the Wychavon council website for details of alternative arrangements. You can also come to Evesham by train, as the town lies on the Cotswold Line between Worcester and Oxford. The station is to the north of the town centre, and you should allow 15 minutes or so to walk from one to the other.

      In the town centre is the imposing Lichfield Bell Tower, the only substantial remaining structure from the former Evesham Abbey, which like its counterparts elsewhere was destroyed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries ordered by Henry the Eighth in the 16th century. The pedestrianised area just to the town side of this is where you will find Evesham’s small but interesting collection of gift ...


      • shops, independent cafés and so on.

        The tower now acts as a gateway to Abbey Park, a large and pleasant public open space which includes substantial grassed areas, benches, ponds and children’s playground equipment. In the park, the former shape of the abbey is traced out with paving slabs, and a cross marks the former site of the high altar, under which are buried the remains of Simon de Montfort, who was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265.

        >From the park, you can walk down to the River Avon, the reason for Evesham’s existence in the first place. I don’t find it the most exciting riverside walk in the country, nor even in Worcestershire, but it’s perfectly pleasant. The river is quite wide here, and there are usually pleasure boats moored along the banks, some of which can be booked for river trips. Unfortunately the section close to the town bridge is slightly blighted by rather boring 20th-century housing, and so what could have been an eye-catching vista is reduced to frank tedium.

        Actually, the area around the bridge is not all that prepossessing in general. The crossing itself, a historically important but rather dull concrete structure, leads to a distinctly depressed area of town, where some businesses have closed and others are clearly

        struggling. This was until a couple of years ago the location of the Regal cinema, though in its last days it was a rather sad, mangy animal. (Films can now be enjoyed, along with plays and other cultural events, in the much nicer Evesham Arts Centre a few hundred yards from the station.)

        That’s not to say that there is no reason to stray over here, however. On this south bank of the river are not only some really quite fetching views over to the Abbey Park and the Bell Tower, but also a small park with one remarkable attraction: the Whalebone Arch. This, made from the two jawbones of a whale, is perhaps the most inland of any such arch in Britain, and certainly one of the oldest still to be standing outdoors: the jawbones themselves date from 1820, and the arch has been in this location since 1905.

        I don’t think Evesham is the sort of town that most people are going to visit for a full week’s holiday, although it would make a good base for exploring Worcestershire and the Cotswolds in general. However, it is certainly an interesting enough place to be worth a few hours of your time, and as such I recommend a visit if you happen to be in the area.




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